Dallas Emergency Wound Care
When is a Wound an Emergency Situation?
Most wounds are not emergencies. If a wound is severe and needs treatment, this will usually reveal itself over time if the wound does not start to heal or the pain gets worse. However, there are emergency situations where wounds need treatment right away. Be sure to familiarize with the signs of an emergency wound so that you can take appropriate action.
Signs that a wound requires immediate treatment include:
- Excessive bleeding; bleeding that soaks through bandages
- There is an object stuck in the wound
- The wound is very large or deep
- The wound was caused by an animal bite
- The wound was caused by something rusty or dirty and you have not had a tetanus shot in five years
- You have difficulty moving the limb where the wound is located
- You experience disorientation, high heart rate, fever, shortness of breath, or other unusual symptoms not long after receiving the wound
Do not take chances with these symptoms. Call 911 immediately for assistance.
Latent Wound Emergencies
One of the biggest risk factors you are exposed to with a wound, emergency and otherwise, is infection. Even nonemergency wounds can turn into an emergency situation if an infection takes root.
Symptoms of an infected wound include:
- Wounds that show no signs of healing after a week
- Odd odors coming from the wound
- Discoloration around the wound
- Pain that does not lessen
- Warm skin around the wound
- Swelling around the wound
- Difficulty moving the area around the wound
Infected wounds may not require a trip to the emergency room, but you should not delay getting treatment for even a day longer if you notice the symptoms. At Advance ER, we have an urgent care/walk-in clinic that can provide same-day treatment for non-emergency conditions.
Contact Advance ER to learn more about our emergency and urgent care services in Dallas.